A federal high court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital has struck out a suit seeking to stop Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila from contesting the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 8th Assembly.
According to a statement by Hon. Rufai Chachangi the court denied the group seeking permission to stop Gbajabiamila from contesting. “It has come to our knowledge that there are misleading stories making the rounds in some sections of the media, stating that Court granted an order restraining Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from participating in the speakership election to be conducted by House of Representatives tomorrow Tuesday 9th of June 2015,” Chachangi said.
He noted further that: “We would like to state emphatically that Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High court Abuja did not only refuse to grant the exparte order brought by a group known as the Registered Trustees of Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness Initiative, but the judge ordered that the respondents be put on notice and the case was adjourned to 18th of June, 2015 for the hearing of the motion on notice.”
“On the issue of professional misconduct, the State Bar of Georgia in a letter dated August 30th, 2010 stated clearly that allegation against Femi Gbajabiamila is not related to criminal allegation and that, “Mr. Gbaja is currently an active member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia,” he added.
He then restated that Gbajabiamila is eligible to contest. “Following the declaration by Justice Abdul Kafarati on 8th Of June, 2015, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila is qualified to contest for the Speakership election tomorrow 9th of June, 2015 and members-elect across party lines have in the vein resolved to sustain their unflinching support for the aspiration of Femi Gbajabiamila as the next Speaker of House of Representatives,” the statement read